Black Sabbath Concert Reviews
June 6, 1999
Entertainment Center
Philadelphia, PA


  • Ozzy Osbourne - Vocals
  • Tony Iommi - Guitar
  • Geezer Butler - Bass
  • Bill Ward - Drums
  • Geoff Nicholls - Keyboards


None available - if you have any, let me know.


Date: Mon, 7 Jun 1999 11:35:50 EDT
Subject: Re: Ozzfest in Camden, NJ

Hey. Went to Ozzfest last night. Besides the Gods of Heavy Metal, there 
we're better support bands this year than last. Rob Zombie and Godsmack 
head the list with wildly visual and energetic performances. Tempesto's 
"liquid guitar" was a pretty cool prop. System of a Down also played great 
as did a band I wasn't familiar with called Static-X, who played on the 
Second stage. Primus was good but just seemed a bit out of place, playing 
between SOD's and Slayer's sets. Slayer, by the way, was a disapointment. 
I hadn't seen them since the "Abyss" days, but the newer stuff just didn't 
do it for me.

Almost every lead singer commented on how the Jersey crowd was the best 
they had seen so far on the tour and the lawn pits we're rocking hard! 
Tour merchandise included a lot of stuff from when Sabbath played Philly in 
February with one notable exception--A cool print of the Systine Chapel's 
"Last Supper" with the apostles' faces replaced by Ozzy, Geezer, Tony, and 
Bill. That one is a must-have.

As for the show itself it really wasn't the BEST ever, but GREAT 
nonetheless. I still have the Philly show's memories entrenched deep 
within my polluted mind, and I hate to say it, but they started off a bit 
rusty. And I hate to say this even more but by "they", I mean Bill. The 
pace for "War Pigs" and N.I.B." was so all over the place that people's 
hands started to come down early (that didn't happen until "Dirty Women" 
in Philly). Maybe the three-day spacing of shows is too much. By the 
third song, however, Bill was back on top and stayed that way to the end. 
Geezer wailed as usual, but was mixed in too heavy, blotting out a lot of 
Tony's low and mid-end riffiing. Yes, Ozzy's voice cracked more than once. 
But it was spread out enough that it really didn't detract from the show. 
Nice additions missing from the Philly gig we're "After Forever" and "Sweet 
Leaf". For what its worth, Ozzy looked great-far better than in February- 
and moved about quite a bit. Looks like Bill dropped a few pounds too-he 
also looked much healthier.

All in all I can't complain. I love these guys so much, I'd come watch 
them play shows on soapboxes outside of Wal-Mart until they we're 90 years 


From: "Kelly Hahn" <>
Subject: Ozzest 99
Date: Mon, 7 Jun 1999 22:37:25 -0400

I have been a fan of Black Sabbath since I was a little kid!! (Thanks to my 
Dad) I went to Ozzfest in Camden ,NJ on June 6th. I wasn't real familiar 
with most of the other bands. I really likes the band from Sweden, 
"Drain". I was surprised to see an all female band up there but they were 
awesome. When Static-x came out on the second stage the crowd went crazy. 
I would have loved to have seen the whole performance of Rod Zombie. 
Unfortunately I only got to see the last couple of songs because I was 
stuck in line trying to get a drink. What I did see was great though. I had 
waited my whole life to see Sabbath in Concert. They were awesome. I wasn't 
close enough to hear the cracking in Ozzy's voice. I am glad about that. 
I was amazed at how Ozzy controlled the crowd. They definitely had more 
energy than most of the other, younger bands. I hope his voice lasts for 
the remainder of the tour. They were great. I am real happy that I was 
able to go see them in their final tour. Peace to all you Sabbath fans out 

From: Kate Green <>
Subject: Ozzfest Rocked!!
Date: Wed, 09 Jun 1999 14:53:32 PDT

Hey guys!
I went to the Ozzfest in Camden on Sunday, it was awsome! The whole 
concert was bangin! All the bands were great. It was really, really hot, 
but it didn't matter. I had so much fun, even though I was almost killed a 
few times by the huge mosh pit, but that's ok. Black Sabbath were so 
great. I'm so happy I got to see their last 2 performances together. If 
anyone didn't go to Ozzfest, you missed one of the best concerts I've ever 

late, Kate

Date: Fri, 11 Jun 1999 22:05:48 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Ozzfest, Camden, NJ

Well, I have not had the chance to post on my Ozzfest experience in 
Philly/Camden yet... so here goes.

It was great. I caught as many bands as I could. Missed Drain, Static X & 

Sabbath was awesome, as was Rob Zombie, Slayer, & Fear Factory (who is as 
good or better than ANYONE on the main stage - except Sabbath)

I was there for Ozzfest '97, but '99 was even better!

I got to see Apartment 26 from front row center. Geez was in the wings 
watching his son Biff, the singer. I got to get geezers attention... he 
waved, smiled, & nodded at me! Also saw Pedro, guitarist from Geezer's solo 
project. I thought I saw Bill Ward back there too. 

Got to talk with Biff Butler. He was very nice, polite. said he was tired. 
I told him I saw his dad watching, and he said he hates when he does that, 
it makes him nervous. Also said Pedro helps them out. He says he has 
nothing to do, travelling, so they walk around and spend money. Also 
mentioned he found a cd by BJORK that he was looking for in State College, 
PA the day before.

We also talked of the website, etc. One thing that's cool is Biff and 
Apartment 26 don't mention at all that Biff is the son of Sabbath's 
legendary bassist.

I wish I could have met Fear Factory. I know a guy who is a dj here, and 
he's talked with them and says they are VERY cool guys. He also brings 
metal shows here, and is having a tough time with FF... they want $7400.

Anyway, Sabbath still rules... but we must put Ozzy & the whole Ozzfest 
aside, and thank Tony Iommi for never giving up and keeping Sabbath alive 
all these years. I know I'll get flamed, but Sabbath is Tony's life... his 
heart and soul. It's great to see him enjoy the current success after all 
the ups and downs. Granted... Ozzy, Geezer and Bill are a big part of this 
and deserve credit also... but I salute Iommi in his will and drive to keep 
Sabbath going.

So now what? Does this mean I'll never see a Sabbath concert again? Ozzy, 
Dio, Martin... whoever. If this band ever goes out again, I'm there.

This just in: I'm thinking of going to Chicago for the Ozzfest!

Sabbath fan for life!

Joe Karavis